Engine Company

GETTING WATER TO THE FIRE

Of all the fireground operations, the tasks assigned to the engine company are arguably the most important. Without water being supplied to the fire, buildings eventually would burn themselves to the ground. Engine company duties might consist of stretching a single line to extinguish a garbage can fire or supplying multiple hand-

CHEMICAL DATA NOTEBOOK SERIES #103: ARSINE

Arsine is an extremely toxic, flammable, colorless gas with a mild, garlic-like odor. It is used as a doping agent for solid-state electronic parts, as a military poison, and as an intermediate chemical to synthesize several organic chemicals. Arsine is shipped as a liquefied compressed gas in steel cylinders under its own vapor pressure of 219.7 psia (pounds per square inch absolute). It usually is sold in ultra-high purity grades (99.9995+ percent) primarily for use in the electronic industry

HELYSPHERE BLOWER

Les Propulseurs Helysphere, Inc.: Positive-pressure blower. Handheld or stationary on a multiposition rack. For planes, trains, subways, building towers, manholes, or any restricted or narrow areas. Two-cycle engine. 22-lamination wood propeller. Easy to operate.

ON SCENE, WORKER! A TRAINING EXERCISE ON MULTI-ALARM OPERATIONS

The following article is offered as a training tool to improve fireground operations by encouraging thought and discussion on assignments, operations, and performance when responding to a multiple-alarm fire. The operation presented is not intended to be a perfect, one-way-to-do-it exercise; rather, it is an example that can be critiqued and used as a springboard for comparison with your own operations.

California EPA standards would restrict use of diesel engines

The California Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) proposing an emission standard of 1.5-gram ultra-low oxide of nitrogen (NOx) would force all new on-highway and nonroad engines to alternative fuels by 1999, testified Jed Mandel, counsel to the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), based in Chicago, Illinois, during a public hearing held in California last July.